Prevention is key.

 

Our Public Education Program is designed to increase awareness on the social issues related to family and gender-based violence, through education, support, referrals, and advocacy. We also have custom presentations that are geared towards schools, colleges, community groups, businesses, and non-profit agencies. 

Odyssey House is active in junior and senior high schools in the City and County of Grande Prairie. The statistics say that one in three youth between the ages of 12 and 17 will experience violence in their relationships. The Odyssey House Wheelhouse program seeks to educate youth around what abusive, unhealthy and healthy relationships look like. We have presentations for youth grades 7 to 12 which fit with Alberta Education curriculum outcomes. These presentations include videos, handouts, role playing and interactive discussions that focus on keeping the youth engaged. 

We are also active in the community offering multiple training sessions through our Voices Against Violence program:

Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships: We offer informational sessions to youth and adults in businesses, organizations and in partnership with various treatment programs to help individuals who struggle in relationships to understand what is healthy and abusive as well as how to establish personal boundaries in relationships. 

How to Help: Individuals experiencing abuse often reach out to those in their support network such as friends, family or work before reaching out to formal services. In this one hour workshop, we assist individuals to learn how to recognize and assist individuals in the community who are struggling with family violence. We cover what signs to look for, what factors are present in high risk situations, how to support a friend, neighbour or family member struggling with family violence and how to talk to a friend or family member who is acting abusively.

Leading Change: Inspired Communities: 

Leading Change: Inspired Communities is for community members to learn how to talk about unhealthy gender stereotypes, how they can affect violence and the active role we can play in stopping it. This training was developed by Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters in partnership with Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) and has been implemented in other communities in Alberta such as Calgary, Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House. Our goal is to give you the confidence to talk to others about how unhealthy ideas of masculinity and femininity are harmful and what healthy ideas of masculinity and femininity look like. The program has been used with sports teams, community organizations and schools to help address cultural views on gender and violence. 

 

We believe that prevention is most effective when education happens early and often. As such, all presentations are free of charge. If you have any questions or would like to book a presentation, please call (780) 897-8543 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.